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, what are they proposing? over the weekend, mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, he offered a few nuggets and i would like to get your thoughts. he said increase the medicare eligibility age, ask wealthier americans to pay higher medicare premiums. and possibly paring back the cost of living increases, giving to social security beneficiaries. those are three specific so we have heard so far from the gop side. what are your thoughts on that? >> i think that is a good thought. but mitch mcconnell and speaker boehner need to be more specific. that doesn't add up to more than two or three really dollars worth of cuts. the president proposed many more cuts than not. that is the beginning. this is a negotiation process. i am a lawyer and we settle cases by someone saying this or that and then they move to the middle. that is not what is going on, although mitch mcconnell name three things, that is more than the house republicans have done. again, the republicans are afraid to talk about where the cuts should come. because they're going to have to talk about medicare. megyn: entitl
that mitch mcconnell actually filibustered his own bill. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: yes, that was great. harry reidy thidthld boxer - - >> yeah harry reid boxed him into this. it's hysterical. >> stephanie: what is the boxing thing -- >> rope a dope. >> stephanie: yes, exactly. where is my story on this -- talk amongst yourselves. >> oh, okay. >> stephanie: he thought he was being so smart. i'm moving slowly -- >> look out, here it comes. >> do you need me to print it? >> stephanie: no i got it. >> oh no. what am i going to do now. >> stephanie: it was further down in the stack than i had anticipated. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: yes, he filibustered his own bill to lift the debt ceiling. instead they called his bluff and he ended up filibustering his own bill. ♪ you are an idiot ♪ >> stephanie: the legislation would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling, and never before in our history has someone taken the debt ceiling hostage as something to negotiate over. >> right. >> stephanie: mcconnell brought up the legislation, h
you for joining us. >> eliot: will john boehner and mitch mcconnell actually leave this time? coming up next. ice breakers mints. break the ice. question: why are ice breakers mints called mints? answer in a moment. fruit just got cooler. fruit on one side, cool on the other. ice breakers duo. a fruity, cool way to break the ice. brought to you by ice breakers mints. break the ice. [ singing christmas carols in background ] aunt sally's singing again. it's a tradition honey. [ singing christmas carols ] mmmm. [ female announcer ] make new traditions with pillsbury grands! cinnamon rolls. [ female announcer ] what would you call an ordinary breakfast pastry that's been wrapped in a flaky crust stuffed with a gooey center toasted up all golden brown then given a delicious design? a toaster strudel. pillsbury toaster strudel. so delicious...so fun. >> eliot: one of the reasons cited by senate republicans to ratify an u.n. treaty providing protection to people with disabilities they didn't believe big decisions should be made by a lame duck congress, re
. >> eliot: will john boehner and mitch mcconnell actually leave jennifer >>>> i want the people who watch our show to be able to come away armed with facts and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. >> eliot: one of the reasons cited by senate republicans to ratify an u.n. treaty providing protection to people with disabilities they didn't believe big decisions should be made by a lame duck congress, really? these are the same folks who were supposed to be in serious negotiations about the impending fiscal cliff. even mitch mcconnell should acknowledge the hypocrisy in that one. over the fiscal cliff negotiations one thing has become crystal clear. the schisms are becoming more and more pronounce. there are three distinct groups, theological warriors who want to impose their views on the country. tee party zealots and remnant of the pro business moderates while their fiscal views are the last reasonable voice in the republican party. it's this last group who are willing to compromise and combine their ideologi
: did you see mitch mcconnell said he burst out laughing at the president's proposal. somebody sent me a picture of a galapagos turtle. >> i'll have the last laugh. i'll live to be 370 years old. >> stephanie: okay. federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since dwight eisenhower brought the korean war to an end. >> meaning it is rising at the fastest pace. ever! >> just by way of comparison, in the twine fiscal year, the last of george w. bush's presidency, the fiscal year goes -- federal spending rose by 17.9% from the 2.98 trillion to 2.52 trillion. in fiscal 2010, the first budget under obama spending fell 1.3% to $2.36 trillion. >> you say that like it's's good thing. i'm flabbergasted. >> who uses the word flabbergasted anymore? >> stephanie: john boehner. >> cracky. >> stephanie: the big surge in federal spending happens in fiscal 2009 before obama took office. the 2009 fiscal year which republicans count as part of obama's legacy isn't that handy? brought on by george w. bush. >> flabbergasting
? >> stephanie: we think both mitch mcconnell and john boner want to turn pour people into mulch. >> they probably do. >> there goes jacki hitting the pages of news busters. >> stephanie: here she is the incredibly biased, jacki schechner. >> good morning, everybody. the governor has signed the law that makes gay marriage legal. close to 54% of voters in november backed the ballot measure that reaffirmed a state law that passed earlier this year, the first offices opened at 12:01 am and in two counties they are starting to issue licenses. by 10:00 pm dozens of couples were already lined up. the state has a three-day waiting period. same-sex couples who were married in another state do not have to say their vows again. couples in maryland also can start getting their licenses today, but the date on the licenses will be january 1st. the law in maine will kick in december 29th. also today in washington state anyone 21 and over can carry up to an ounce of marijuana. but cannot smoke it. it is unclear how federal authorities will deal with the decriminalization o
as could be. within a half hour we had 51 votes, we called his bluff and . the sure footed mitch mcconnell stumbled. i believe debt ceiling will be part of the agreement. and i believe our republican colleagues learned that to say the government will not pay its debt and hold it up for something else is bad substance and bad politics. i don't think they'll prevail. if they want to say we won't raise the debt ceiling unless we cut medicare, make our day. >> meaning go ahead and default the country? >> no, meaning that is untenable and won't last. >> i want to go to other subjects. senator schumer, on the first day of the next congress in january, will democrats change the rules on filibusters by a simple majority rather than two-thirds majority you generally need to change rules in the senate? >> everyone knows the senate is broken and needs fixing. i think bob corker would say that. we have had discussions, we're friends. almost all democrats and all republicans believe that. i think it's also true our preference would be to do this by two-thirds in a bipartisan way. there are all kinds of
to hold the line. remember what mitch mcconnell did this past summer when he allowed a vote for the middle-class tax cuts to go through only the senate. didn't filibuster it. that passed. there is somewhat of a box the house gop is in in the sense that you could take the senate past middle-class cut bill and just move it forward and that would solve things if you could come up with something for the sequester as well. so you could see in theory maybe come later in december, older senate republicans folks like tom coburn, folks like lindsey graham that say look, they already passed it through the senate, let them pass it through the house, we can win politically on the optics saying we were against raising taxes, it's fine, maybe that's a solution and you will see that divide between the house republicans and senate republicans. >> melinda, when the president went out there, though, and said we're not going to do this again in march, that would seem to be drawing a firm line in the sand. i mean if we have to do this again, if they do some sort of smaller package now and we have to revisit t
orrin hatch, cluck grassley, mitch mcconnell and thad cochran but they voted it down. the floor manager john kerry called it one of the saddest days in his nearly 28 days in the senate which he says is broken and dysfunctional. the chairman of the foreign relations committee john kerry joins me now. thank you very much. you spoke of this passionately yesterday and you've had an overnight to think about this, but the moment was clearly so compelling watching bob dole on the floor, wheeled in by his wife, the former senator elizabeth dole and you and john mccain and other war veterans calling for passage of this, it tell me your thoughts today? >> my first thought, andrea, hate to say this i can't believe you're already talking about 2016. i'm sorry to change -- >> i'm sorry about that too. >> that threw me at the outset here. >> my apologies. >> that said, let me say to you, yesterday was exactly as i described it, just a very, very sad day for the senate. because fear triumphed and politics triumphed, not the legitimate concerns of americans with disabilities who want to travel abroad.
.m. eastern on c-span 2. in the senate today, harry reid and mitch mcconnell went back and forth on fiscal cliff issues. there is part of their exchange. >> yesterday afternoon, i came to the floor and offered president obama's proposal on the fiscal cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks ago before a potentially entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan the members of his own party will even vote for. he is not interested in a balanced agreement, not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. with the president is really in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first by raising taxes on small businesses who he believes are making too much money, and then on everybody else. not so he can lower the debt or the deficit, but so he can spend to his heart's content. for months, the president has been saying that all he wanted to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the
, normally, very politically short footed mitch mcconnell stumbled on this because the ground changed here. i believe debt ceiling will be part of the agreement and i'll frankly our republican colleagues have learned that to say the government will not pay its debts and hold it up for something else is bad substance, and bad politics. i don't think they'll prevail on that. if they want to say, we won't raise the debt ceiling unless you cut medicare, make our day. >> chris: meaning, go ahead and default the country? >> no, make or day, meaning, that position is untenable politically and it will not last. you will not be able to hold it. >> chris: a little time left and i want to go to a couple of other subjects. senator schumer on the first day of the next congress in january, will democrats change the rules on filibusters by a simple majority, rather than the 2/3 majority you generally need, to change rules in the senate? >> okay. everyone knows the senate is broken and needs fixing. i think bob corker would say that, we have had discussions. we're friends. most democrats -- almost all democr
't need to sit in a room to get it done. mitch mcconnell in the papers this morning reportedly saying there are no formal talks haven't. those talks continue behind-the- scenes. the washington post this morning reports in a news conference last month obama suggested he might let the top rate rise to levels somewhat lower than a 39.6%. that's the washington post this morning. below that, governors say the fiscal cliff would hurt their states' economies. several governors met at the white house yesterday and with political leaders to say something needs to be done or their economies and on the state level will be heard. -- be hurt. let's go to walter in new jersey, independent caller. good morning. caller: good morning. i don't know what's wrong with these people, because they have to come to some kind of agreement. the gop has to give ground, taxes wouldybody's go up just to save 2%. it just does not cut it. it is a bad move politically and bad for the country. host: polloi in johnsonville, virginia. -- floyd. caller: i was thinking about the fiscal cliff. i don't think that's the prob
minority leader mitch mcconnell also talked about the so-called fiscal cliff on the floor of the senate. >> it was widely assumed among republicans that president obama and democrats back toward to avoid it. that was the common goal, or so we thought. over the past couple of weeks, and has become increasingly clear to many of us that we were simply wrong about that. incredibly, many top democrats, including the president, seemed perfectly happy to go off the cliff. that is why the president has been more interested in campaign rallies than actually negotiating a deal. that explains why the president is stubbornly insisting on raising tax rates when he himself said just last year that you raised more revenue from capping deductions than closing loopholes. this is not about the deficit for them, or balance. it's about an ideological campaign that most americans thought would have ended on november 6. the president said timothy geithner of beer with a proposal -- up here with a proposal that was more a provocation than a proposal, to be perfectly frank about it. it was a message that the p
proposed. thanks, everybody. >> republican senate minority leader mitch mcconnell also talked about the so-called fiscal cliff on the floor of the senate. >> when the two parties were set down to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff, it was widely assumed by republicans that obama and democrats badly wanted to avoid it. that was the premise that any possible agreement hedged on. that was the common goal, or so we thought. of the past couple of weeks, it has become increasingly clear to many of us that we were simply wrong about that. incredibly, many top democrats including the president seemed part perfectly happy to go off the cliff. that is why the president has been more interested in campaign rallies and actually negotiating a deal. it explains why the president is now stubbornly insisting on raising tax rates when he himself said just last year that you could raise more revenue from capping deductions and closing loopholes. them or balance. it's about an ideological campaign that most americans thought would have ended on november 6, and that's also why the president sent secretary gei
is exploring the possibility of running for the seat of mitch mcconnell. >> stephanie: i think that's awesome. >> we couldn't be anymore excited. we're bursting at the seams. louisville is supporting it. i think what she said this morning is to see if -- to see the possibility. but we're -- trying to stay connected on the web and let her know we'll support her. we will start some progress of trying to get this man off of the senate. >> stephanie: yep absolutely. we will be all over that to eject the turtle from his terrarium in kentucky. >> send him back to the galapagos. >> stephanie: for smokin' hot actress ashley judd. we were trying to talk elizabeth into running for congress. >> she should. >> stephanie: you're like michele bachmann but smart. that could be our cause out here in hollywood. smokin' hot actresses elected to something. >> and she doesn't have an allegedly gay husband. >> stephanie: right. so there's that. a different picture to send jim of her. it is extraordinary. >> stephanie: let's go to
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